C.J. Leslie scored 25 points -- including six straight during a key second-half run -- to help No. 20 North Carolina State beat No. 1 Duke 84-76 on Saturday in Raleigh.
Richard Howell added 16 points and 18 rebounds in a relentless performance for the host Wolfpack (14-2, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) in a matchup of the teams predicted to finish 1-2 in the league.
N.C. State was picked for the first time in nearly four decades to win the league, though two early losses drained some buzz.
No longer. Now N.C. State is back on everyone's radar, while the Blue Devils (15-1, 2-1) are no longer unbeaten.
Seth Curry scored 22 for Duke.
Saint Mary's 78, USF 72: The Gaels (13-4, 2-1 West Coast Conference), led by Matthew Dellavedova's 19 points and five assists, won their 10th straight at home and 15th in a row over the Dons dating to the 2003-2004 season.
Beau Levesque had 15 points off the bench for Saint Mary's. USF (7-10, 0-4) was paced by Cody Doolin's 16 points.
Indiana 88, Minnesota 81: Victor Oladipo had 20 points and six rebounds and Jordan Hulls knocked down four 3-pointers, helping No. 5 Indiana hold off No. 8 Minnesota's late charge.
Wisconsin 74, Illinois 51: Jared Berggren scored 15 points and grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds to lead host Wisconsin over No. 12 Illinois (14-4, 1-3 Big Ten). The Badgers (12-4, 3-0) won their sixth straight.
Butler 79, Dayton 73: Roosevelt Jones scored 16 points and No. 14 Butler beat host Dayton for its 11th straight victory.
Arizona 80, Oregon State 70: Solomon Hill had 16 points, including five 3-pointers, to help No. 4 Arizona win at Oregon State. The Wildcats (15-1, 3-1 Pac-12) were coming off a 70-66 defeat Thursday night at Oregon. The Beavers fell to 10-6, 0-3.
UCLA 78, Colorado 75: Travis Wear scored 14 of his career-high 23 points in the second half and Jordan Adams' two free throws with 7 seconds left sealed UCLA's ninth straight victory, over Colorado in Boulder. Adams finished with 18 points for UCLA (14-3, 4-0 Pac-12). Spencer Dinwiddie led Colorado (11-5, 1-3) with 23 points.
USC 76, Utah 59: J.T. Terrell scored 14 points and USC defeated host Utah to snap a string of 14 straight road losses. Dewayne Dedmon had 13 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks for the Trojans (7-10, 2-2 Pac-12). The Utes (8-8, 0-4) were within 50-42 on Jarred DuBois' 3-pointer with 10:26 remaining.
San Jose State 103, Utah State 80: Emily Schill had 36 points and 17 rebounds as the Spartans set an Event Center scoring record and equaled the team's all-time scoring mark, last reached in 1980 against San Francisco State.
The Spartans (5-11, 2-3 Western Athletic Conference) bettered the previous Event Center scoring record of 98 points against Texas State on Dec. 29. Utah State is 6-10, 3-2.
USF 88, Portland 81: Mel Khlok had 27 points and 11 rebounds as the host Dons (8-9, 1-3 WCC) survived a late rally by the Pilots (5-11, 0-3) to snap a five-game losing streak.
3-point record: Florida Gulf Coast sank 22 shots from 3-point range to break its own single-game Division I women's record in a 97-60 victory over host East Tennessee State.
Staff writer Matt Schwab contributed to this report.